Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Curbside Service Begins

KFL is pleased to offer a contact-free way to get library materials, modeled after curbside service many stores and restaurants are offering. Curbside hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For the safety of our patrons and our staff, the building will remain closed to the public at this time.

To use Curbside Service, first, place the materials you would like on Hold. Holds may be placed using the library’s catalog or mobile app; by calling the library or emailing your requests to [email protected]; by using our new chat service, available in the lower right corner of our homepage during library hours; or using our new recommendations form, which is useful if you don’t have any specific titles in mind.

Second, wait for a call. Note that we will only be contacting patrons by phone, not email or text at this time. We are pulling items as fast as we can, but our new procedures for handling returned materials might mean a delay, even for items that are showing available in the catalog. Holds will be checked out to your library account. Any holds not picked up after seven days will be checked back in.

Third, arrive at the library at least 15 minutes before closing and park in one of the marked spaces in the parking lot. Call the library at 330-673-4414 option 5 and provide your name, last four digits of library card number, and parking spot number. Then open your trunk.

Once you are back in your vehicle, a library staff member will bring a bag with your holds to your vehicle and place them in the trunk. If your trunk is not open, staff will leave the bag next to your vehicle. For your safety, and the safety of our staff, we ask that you remain in your vehicle while staff is delivering your items. If you do not have a cell phone, please call before leaving home and provide an estimated time of arrival.

If you walk or bicycle to the library or ride the bus, wait by the bench to the right of the parking lot entrance and call the library. A staff member will bring your bag outside for you to retrieve once the staff member has reentered the building.

Please note that staff will not be able to accept your returns—please use the drive through or the return bins to the left of the parking lot doors. Staff also cannot accept money for fines; please pay fines using your online account at this time. The library is not accepting donations of materials at this time.

Curbside pickup is the first phase in our plan to restore library services. The next phase will be a gradual reopening of the building with limited services and physical distancing measures in place. The timeline for this phase has not been set and will occur in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines to ensure the safety of both patrons and staff. We will announce a date as soon as one is confirmed.

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Digital Collection: Overdrive (Ohio Digital Library)

Access thousands of ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines with your KFL card through the Ohio Digital Library!  Simply get the Libby (by Overdrive) App on your smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, or Desktop computer, search for Kent Free Library (Ohio Digital Library), and log in with your library card number.

You can search for a particular author or title, browse by genre, or select from lists of recommendations.  As with popular books in our physical  collection, some titles might be checked out and require placing a hold; but you can also limit your search to “Available” and find many titles to check out immediately!  For other immediately available ebooks and digital audiobooks, check out our Hoopla service!

Check outs are for 21 days and you can have 10 items on your card at one time.

Digital Collections: RB Digital Magazines and Freegal Music

Enjoy thumbing through popular entertainment magazines, finding new recipes in cooking magazines, or reading indepth articles in news magazines?  Use RB Digital Magazines and your KFL library card to find hundreds of current magazines on your mobile device or Desktop computer!  Just download the RBDigital App or find the link on KFL’s website under Stream and Download Collections.

Discover new music or find old favorites with Freegal.  With the App on your mobile device or the site pulled up on your computer, you can search for songs or browse genres for songs to download, up to 3 per month.  You can also stream music for up to 3 hours per month!

Digital Collections: Hoopla and Kanopy

Thousands of movies and television shows are available to you free with your KFL card!  Hoopla provides streaming access to popular titles.  You can check out up to 20 per month!  Hoopla also has a good selection of instantly available ebooks and digital audiboooks, including 1,400 Children’s Picture Books on Video by Scholastic.  Just download the Hoopla App on your smart phone or digital device, or click on the link on the Stream and Download section under the Collections menu on our website.  You can check out 20 Hoopla items each month.

KanopyKanopy is our newest digital service that provides access to thousands of movies, especially foreign films, independent films, documentaries, and classics.  Again, just download the App or watch on your Desktop computer.  You can check out 10 Kanopy items per month.

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 pm: I Survived: Crash Course

Students ages 8 – 14 are invited to a limited series based on the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis. This session will feature activities from the book The Glacier National Park Grizzly Attacks, 1967.
Register online or by calling Youth Services starting March 4.

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 pm: Free Concert by the Akron & District Pipe Band

Akron Pipe Bank LogoEnjoy a free all-ages concert by The Akron & District Pipe Band.  This high energy group features traditional music of the bagpipes, highland snare, tenor and bass drums. Founded in 1979, the band originally made its home at the 107th Armored Cavalry Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow, Ohio, and continues now at Family of Faith Church in downtown Akron. They continue to provide education and entertainment throughout the greater Ohio area, offering free lessons to anyone interested in learning to play the Great Highland Bagpipes or drums.

Concerts are are held on the 2nd floor balcony so the music may be enjoyed throughout the library. Limited seating is available. No registration required. CDs will be available for sale.

Sunday, March 1 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm: Board Gaming Club

Generic board gameEnjoy playing board games at the Kent Free Library!  This friendly group meets the first Sunday of each from 1:30 – 4:30 to play a variety of board games, including some from the library’s own collection.  Drop in to play and stay as long as you’d like.

No registration is required.  Intended for adults; children ages 13 and over are welcome with an accompanying adult.

Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 pm: Leap Day Party!

Kids jumpingKids ages 3 – 12 are invited to a Leap Day Party. Discover your leap age, indulge in a leaping sweet treat, find out how far you can leap, and more!

Registration is required. Visit www.kentfreelibrary.org or call the Youth Services Department at 330.673.4414.